INNOVATIVE ANIMAL TOUCH THREAPIES
1620 E. Houston  Suite 100
Spokane, WA  99217
509-703-7781
K9 HYDROTHERAPY
Animal Wellness
Connection, LLC
We are proud to announce the opening our our
 K9 Warm Water Hydrotherapy Pool ! 
THE POOL
After many long months of planning, labor, and money we finally can offer a much needed service to the dogs of the Spokane area!  


OUR POOL
Endless Swim Spa
Dimensions 13' x 8' x 4.5'
Heated Turbo Air Blowers
26 Hydrotherapy Jets
1 River Swim Jet
Del Ozone Sanitation
No Chlorine, We use Bromine
FACTS ABOUT OUR POOL

Our Swim Spa Pool is composed of cutting edge technology and has the latest in modern pool water sanitation devises. The water is continuously sanitized by a Bromine tab feeder which circulates the pool. We do not use chlorine as it has a very strong odor which dogs do not like and it can be extremely harsh and irritating to the canine skin and eyes. Bromine is a better sanitizer then chlorine and provides a better environment for dogs and people. Our pool also has a UV sanitation system that keeps sanitizing the water round the clock. The UV system kills and prevents growth of bacteria, viruses, water borne molds and algae. We use pool vacuums and skimmers as well as 2 large filters to catch dog hair and any floating debris. Plus we clean the pool between each session. Our pool is emptied on a regular basis. It takes us two days to empty, clean and refill our pool. 
We keep our pool at 91 to 93 degrees depending on outside temps for therapeutic purposes. Our pool is an endless spa. For the strong swimmer or the athletic dog, swim jets or the current provides more resistance for a better workout. We only use the jets and the current for the more athletic dog, we don't use this feature for geriatric or disabled dogs. 

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR CANINE WARM WATER HYDROTHERAPY ?

Geriatric Fitness and Aging Issues
Young Dogs - Helps burn off energy with out damaging developing joints
Sports Performance Dogs
Service Dogs
Pre and Post Surgical Conditioning
Dogs with Mobility Issues
Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
Healing Fractures
Soft Tissue Injuries
Dogs with Neurological Issues
Amputation
Arthritis
Circulatory Issues and Cardiovascular Fitness
Joint Issues
Spinal Cord Injuries (with or without paralysis)
Neuromuscular Re-education
Obesity and Weight Management
Chronic Pain
Increasing Strength and Flexibility for Sports Performance
Toning and Sculpting Muscles
Improving Range of Motion and Balance
Improving Proprioception
Improve Confidence
Emotional Benefits of Water Therapy
Anxiety Issues
Mental Stimulation and Confidence Builder
Show Conditioning by Improving Topline, Reach and Drive
Relaxing and Having Fun








THE BENEFITS OF K9 HYDROTHERAPY

The benefits of swimming and moving the physical body in water are well known and have been used for centuries. Hydrotherapy is amazing!  It is incredible at how much it helps our four legged companions! Hydrotherapy decreases the dog's pain and inflammation and increasing the dog’s sense of well-being.  Because of the increased resistance to movement, a 5 minute swim is equivalent to about a 5 minute jog. The buoyancy of water supports and lessons stress on the joints, encourages freer movement and provides a safe environment for exercise. 

Hydrotherapy works because it allows the dog to move in a 100% weightless environment, encouraging them to increase their range of movement without pain. The warm water increases circulation allowing muscles to loosen, allowing muscles to move more efficiently. Hydrotherapy works like a natural anti-inflammatory by reducing tissue swelling and providing relief of pain and stiffness. Because of this it can also have a psychological benefit because the dog is able to exercise without pain. 

HYDROTHERAPY POOL VS WATER TREADMILL VS LAKE SWIMMING

Water therapy can benefit dogs regardless of age or size. Both are very beneficial. The Pool is non weight bearing. The pool is the best way to start recovery after surgery because the dog can move in the water without bearing weight.  Dog pools are good for increasing sensory awareness and promoting the reflex swimming response in dogs with neurological disorders.  Pools are also great for conditioning the working dogs which need a high level of fitness and strength. A pool can be very relaxing to a dog and create a sense of well being.  There will be an increase in blood flow to the limbs and a decrease in pain levels. 

Eventually during the recovery process the dog will need to go with the hydrotherapy treadmill. The Treadmill requires the dog to use graduated weight to move against mild resistance to motion which helps strengthen muscles. More body weight is supported as the level of the water in the treadmill increases. Dog underwater treadmills allow for controlled settings for active time, rest time, speed and water height. 

It is believed that better flexion is achieved in a pool while better extension of joints is achieved in a treadmill. Despite this, the same degree of extension can be achieved in a dog pool with “hands on” work with a hydro therapist. Some people argue that a pool is much more scary for pets then an underwater treadmill. Both the pool and the treadmill can be scary at first. In an underwater treadmill the pet is in a box with no escape route that all of a sudden fills up with water. That can be scary. A pool
is a bigger body of water, and is initially scary too, some dogs think because it is open they can fight to escape the pool. Either way both  initially are a bit intimidating to a pet on their first visit. But done properly the pet can be reassured and helped to gain confidence and finally relax whether it is by pool or an underwater treadmill. For your pet's safety and well being be sure that your therapists has been trained and certified in hydrotherapy for animals at an accredited school or is a licensed veterinarian. 

There is very limited advantages to letting your dog swim in lakes, rivers, ponds or ocean. It may give your dog freedom to play and socialize it may also cause some disadvantages. 
• Cold water temperatures can cause stiffness in the dogs joints.
• Cold temperatures increases the chance of blood moving away from peripheral limbs. 
• Potential for an accident is high because you have no control on your dogs movement in
  the water.  
• There is the risk of drowning or water toxicity.  
• There is always the risk of waterborne diseases and polluted water.


WHEN HYDROTHERAPY IS NOT RECOMMENDED

Infections or infectious skin diseases
Open wounds or surgical wounds that are still draining
Heart disease
Pulmonary disease


HOW WE DO HYDROTHERAPY AT OUR FACILITY



    Hydrotherapy provided by Animal Wellness Connection, LLC, provides dogs with a venue for therapeutic healing and help maintain overall wellness and health.  We want your pet to relax and be comfortable while they are in our facility. We provide a nurturing environment complete with aromatherapy, soft music and gentle soothing handling for confidence and trust.

    Here at Animal Wellness Connection we believe it is important that our water therapists are trained in hydrotherapy techniques and that their training is from a recognized and accredited school. Your pet's safety and well being is at stake. Just knowing how to operate equipment is not enough. A good hydro therapist or a veterinarian will be knowledgeable  about anatomy and physiology (skeletal structure and muscle makeup)  kinetics, 

    There are hoists and harness that are used in some canine pools. We don't use that here. We believe that the use of hoists and harness can be very frightening to some dogs and prefer more of a hands on approach to water therapy. We always use a gentle approach to water especially when the dog is entering the pool for the first time. We have at least 1 therapists in the water with your dog for each session. This is to help the dog get in the water in a safe manner and to help them gain confidence in the water. We have life preservers on hand with easy access handles to use on our first timers. Once a dog is relaxed and calm in the pool we adjust the safety gear so that we have better access to working with the dogs limbs and muscles in the water.  When the dog is in the water we sit with the dog in the pool. For larger dogs, there is access to benches in the pool so the dog can take breaks during their swim time. We don't expect dogs to swim in the first few sessions although most do. We don't allow the dogs to do a frantic swim. A frantic swim or a 'panic swim'  is where there is a lot splashing and thrashing on the dog's part. For a proper therapeutic swim, there is no splashing and it is an easy rhythmic movement of the dogs legs to achieve the best therapeutic value of the swim session.

   Swimming is good exercise, but we always keep in mind what the dog's energy level is and give them lots of breaks. During the breaks the dog is still in the water receiving the benefits of the warm water therapy. And during the breaks, the dog is sitting on the bench or in our lap and receiving water massage, which is different then the usual land massage. The benefits of hydrotherapy combined with massage have excellent results. 

    From the first dip in the pool,  gradually we work on getting the dog to relax and feel confident moving their legs in the water so that they eventually will swim. Water therapy sessions are for an hour. We spend  time in the beginning prepping your pet for the pool, then time in the pool usually is for 30 to 40 minutes. During that time we will swim your dog, take breaks, do some water massage and some doggy watsu.  (a combination of water therapy and shiatsu, a type of therapy that involves floating in warm water with the help of a trained therapist who stretches the dog's body while he or she floats.) Remember a 5 minute swim is equal to a 5 minute jog.  Then there is time out of the water for land massage and for drying.  Our goal is to provide a relaxing and calm environment for your dog. Water has amazing healing powers.  Once out of the water, we have spa robes made just for dogs which you may purchase for your dog for their trip home and for future hydrotherapy sessions.  Once your dog is home you will find that they drink more then usual and will want to take a long nap.  Be sure to provide a quiet place for your dog to enjoy its long nap.  






EXAMPLES OF HYDROTHERAPY SESSIONS
Prep for Pool Session

We ask that any dog scheduled for a pool session not eat 4 hours prior to start of pool therapy. They can drink as much as they want before and after. 
Before entering our facility be sure to allow time to potty your dog in our grassy area. 
We provide towels to dry your pet off and we have dryers available for your use. You may want to bring towels for your ride home or we have special spa robes made just for dogs that you can purchase. 




Hydrotherapy Prices

Please call 
509-703-7781
for prices. 
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THE COST OF HYDROTHERAPY POOL VS THE UNDERWATER TREADMILL
As we mentioned before, both the pool and the underwater treadmill have great value, each offers good therapy, and both are critical in the well being of your pet and helping them recover from surgery or injury or to strengthen muscles and improve endurance. 

From the cost perspective, cost and maintenance of a pool is a lot higher then an underwater treadmill. You need to figure in the cost of power to run it and keep it heated, and the cost of equipment and filters as well. Plus a pool takes up a lot more space. So yes the underwater hydrotherapy treadmill will cost less to run. 

However your dog will spend  alot more time in the pool then the treadmill thereby receiving the benefit of more warm water therapy. Also when you get treatment for your pet in the underwater treadmill in this area, you are only getting the hydrotherapy. In the pool hydrotherapy you are getting water massage that includes exercise's in range of motion as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. Once you are done with the water therapy in the pool, your pet also receives land massage, usually lasting about 20 minutes. You are not getting that from your underwater treadmill treatment. 

We do have a 30 minute pool hydrotherapy session only for $50.00 and there is no massage. Our one hour pool session is $75.00 and includes water and land massage. (land massage by itself is $45.00) You can also pay for a 5 session package for $295.00 (this package includes water and land massage for each session. A super sweet deal that offers more then what you would get from the underwater treadmill  session packages. The package ends up being $59.00 a session that includes water and land massage)

Stop by and see for yourself, how a warm water hydrotherapy pool session can help your pet.   
*** PLEASE NOTE, HYDROTHERAPY IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER VETERINARY DIAGNOSIS AND CARE. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL QUESTION OR CONCERN, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN. IF YOUR DOG RECENTLY HAD SURGERY WE WILL NEED YOUR VETERINARIANS OK FOR YOUR DOG TO RECEIVE HYDROTHERAPY. 
Getting suited up with a life preserver for a first swim session
 Having fun swimming in the pool for the first time with the hydro-therapist and the owner
THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE DOG SWIMMING IN THE POOL. NOTICE THERE IS NO THRASHING, VERY LITTLE SPLASHING,JUST  A GENTLE EASY SWIM. THIS IS THE MOST THERAPEUTIC FOR THE DOG.
WHEN THE DOG IS IN THE POOL FOR THE FIRST TIME THE HYDROTHERAPIST WORKS WITH THE DOG TO ACCLIMATE THEM TO THE POOL. WE USE A GENTLE APPROACH TO BUILD CONFIDENCE AND TRUST BEFORE THE HYDROTHERAPIST WILL SWIM THE DOG. WE WANT THE DOG TO ENJOY THEIR SESSIONS.
THIS LAB IS GETTING INTRODUCED TO THE POOL. EVEN THOUGH THIS BREED IS A WATER DOG, THIS GUY WAS AFRAID TO GET IN THE POOL. IT DID NOT TAKE HIM LONG TO GET USED TO THE POOL AND GAIN CONFIDENCE WITH THE HELP FROM HIS HYDROTHERAPIST. 
FEELING CONFIDENT IN THE POOL THIS GUY IS GETTING GREAT NON- WEIGHT BEARING  EXERCISE IN THE POOL. 
THIS GUY IS DOING VERY WELL FOR IT'S FIRST SWIM SESSION. SWIMMING IS THE BEST EXERCISE FOR DOGS WITH ARTHRITIS, MOBILITY PROBLEMS OR THOSE RECOVERING FROM SURGERY. 
THIS DOG HAS WOBBLERS SYNDROME SO SHE STRUGGLES WITH MOBILITY. SWIMMING IS HELPING TO SLOW THE PROCESS DOWN AND HELP HER FEEL BETTER. WE GIVE HER BREAKS BETWEEN SWIMMING ON THE BENCH SO SHE CAN REST. DOGS GET A REAL WORKOUT IN THE POOL WITH OUT ADDING STRESS TO THEIR JOINTS BECAUSE SWIMMING IN A POOL IS NON WEIGHT BEARING COMPARED TO HYDROTHERAPY TREADMILLS.